in touch with real speech
In touch with real speech


Below are listed teacher-training and research articles which provide the underpinnings for Speechinaction’s commerical publications. Many of the articles published since 1999 are available online – just click the link. All the articles are by Richard Cauldwell, unless otherwise mentioned.

2016 ELF one two and three. Speech in Action Working Paper, September 2016. DOI 10.13140/RG.2.2.27532.51849. Available here.

2016 Consonant death and the teaching of listening perception. Conference presentation. IATEFL, Birmingham. Available here.

2015  Accent and identity: Prejudice and insecurity. Conference presentation. Accents 2015. 9th International Conference on Native and Non-native Accents of English. University of Łódź December 3rd-5th. Handout available here.

2015 What can pronunciation teachers learn from spontaneous speech? Conference presentation. EPIP 4 – 4th International conference on English Pronunciation: Issues and Practices. Institute of Phonetics, Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague May 21-23. Available here.

2014 Listening and pronunciation need separate models of speech. In J. Levis & S.McCrocklin (Eds). Proceedings of the 5th Pronunciation in Second Language Learning Teaching Conference (pp. 40-44). Ames, IA: Iowa State University. Available <ahref=””>here.

2014 An impertinent question: What happens in spontaneous speech? Speak Out! 50: 28-31. Available here.

2013 Lord Rant: A personal journey through prejudice, accent and identity. Speak Out! 48: 4-7. Available here.

2013 Jungle listening. High- and low-tech approaches to teaching the stream of speech. [British Council seminar for teachers, Bournemouth, 29th January] Video available here.

2012 [Review of ] Van den Doel, R. (2006). How friendly are the natives? An evaluation of native­speaker judgements of foreign­ accented British and American English. Utrecht: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics (LOT), 2006. Journal of the International Phonetic Association, volume 42, issue 02, pp. 213-215. Available here.

2011 Pronunciation in spontaneous speech. In P. Roach, J. Setter, & J. Esling. [Eds]. Cambridge Pronouncing Dictionary. [18th Edition]. pages xx-xxi. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2011 Accent and Identity, Prejudice and Insecurity. [Conference Presentation].

2011 [Review of] Walker, R. (2010) Teaching the Pronunciation of English as a Lingua Franca. Speak Out! 45: 24-25

2009b Lessons from Spontaneous Speech for the teaching of Pronunciation and Listening. [Conference Presentation].

2009a Using a dictionary for pronunciation and listening activities. [Conference Presentation]. Handout here.

2007 Defining Fluency for Air Traffic Control. Newsletter of the IATEFL Pronunciation Special Interest Group, 37, pp. 10-16. Available here.

2006 Listening to Accents of the USA.

2005a. Bricking up or streaming down: Two approaches to naturalness in pronunciation materials. [Paper presented at the Phonetics Teaching and Learning Conference, University College London, July 2005].

2005b. Listening to Accents of the British Isles.

2005c. Not funny but useful: Function words in action. MED Magazine, 26

2005d. Streaming Speech: Listening and Pronunciation for Advanced Learners of English. American/Canadian version.

2004a. Stuck in TAR: how we prevent learners from handling everyday speech. Speak Out! Newsletter of the IATEFL Pronunciation Special Interest Group, 32, 8-11 (Available here)

2004b. Speech in action: Teaching listening with the help of ICT. In A. Chambers, J.E. Conacher and J. Littlemore (Eds) ICT and Language Learning:Integrating Pedagogy and Practice (pp. 203-221) Birmingham: University of Birmingham Press.

2004c. [Review of] Shockey, L. (2003). Sound patterns of spoken English. Journal of the International Phonetic Association, 34/1, 101-104.

2004d. A wish beyond words. MED Magazine, 21 July 2004

2004e. Our Mumbling is Rumbled.. [Conference presentation].

2003a. (with Ann Wichmann) Wh Questions and attitude: the effect of context. In A. Wilson, P. Rayson, and T. McEnery (Eds) Corpus linguistics by the Lune: A Festschrift for Geoffrey Leech. Peter Lang, Frankfurt. (Volume 8 in the Lodz studies in Language Series edited by Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk, B. and Melia, P. J.) ISBN 3-631-50952-2

2003b. Streaming speech: Listening and pronunciation for advanced learners of English. [Student’s book]. Birmingham: speechinaction. ISBN 0-9543447-1-5

2003c. The two-sides rule in teaching listening and pronunciation.

2002a. Phonology for listening: Relishing the messy.

2002b. Grasping the nettle: the importance of perception work in listening comprehension.

2002c. Streaming speech: Listening and pronunciation for advanced learners of English. [Windows CD-ROM]. Birmingham: speechinaction. ISBN 0-9543447-0-7

2002d. The Functional irrhythmicality of spontaneous speech: A Discourse view of speech rhythms. Apples 2/1, 1-24

2000a. Where did the anger go? The Role of context in interpreting emotion in speech. [Conference paper] Proceedings of the ISCA Workshop on Speech and Emotion – A Conceptual framework for research.

2000b. Falling out of context. In C. Heffer & H. Sauntson (Eds) Words in context: A Tribute to John Sinclair on his retirement. [CD-ROM]

1999a. Openings, rhythm, and relationships: Philip Larkin reads ‘Mr Bleaney’. Language and Literature, 8/1, 35-48. (ISSN 0963-9470).

1999b. Judgements of attitudinal meanings in isolation and in context. [Published on the internet at]

1998a. Listening comprehension: Three problems and three suggestions. Eger Journal of English Studies, 2, 9-15. (ISSN 1417-166X).

1998b. Faith, Hope and Charity: The Vices of Listening Comprehension. The Language Teacher, 22/7, 7-9. (ISSN 0289-7938).

1998c. [Review of] Tench, P. (1996) The Intonation systems of English. London: Cassell. Language Awareness, 7/4, 226-229. (ISSN 0965-8416).

1997a. Voices in the university: A Compilation of voices of people who work at the University of Birmingham. [Booklet, and audio cassette]. Birmingham, The University of Birmingham.

1997b. Tones, attitudinal meanings, and context. Speak Out! Newsletter of the IATEFL Pronunciation Special Interest Group, 21, 30-35 (ISSN 1026-4345). Available here.

1997c. The Incompatibility of transcriptions: Implications for speech in computer corpora. [Departmental Paper] EISU The University of Birmingham. Available here.

1997d. [Foreword to] Brazil, D. (1997) The Communicative Value of Intonation in English [Second Edition] [pp. v-vii]. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [with Martin Hewings]. (ISBN 0-521-58457-4)

1997e. [Review of] Brazil, D. (1995). A Grammar of Speech. Oxford, Oxford University Press. Language Awareness, 6/4, 242-244. (ISSN 0965-8416).

1996a. Stress-timing: observations, beliefs, and evidence. Eger Journal of English Studies, 1, 33-48. (ISSN 1417-166X). Available here.

1996b. Intonation rules in ELT Textbooks. English Language Teaching Journal, 50/4, 327-334. (With Martin Hewings). (ISSN 0951-0893).

1996c. Discourse intonation and listening. Speak Out! Newsletter of the IATEFL Pronunciation Special Interest Group, 18, pp. 49-56. (ISSN 1026-4345) (with Martin Hewings).

1996d. Direct encounters with fast speech on CD audio to teach listening. System, 24/4, 521-528. (ISSN 0346-251X).

1996e. [Review of] Leech, G., G. Myers, & J. Thomas (1995). Spoken English on computer. Harlow Longman. International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, 1/1, 131-133. (ISSN 1384-6655).

1995a. Phonology. [Module for the Open Learning Programme]. Centre for English Language Studies: University of Birmingham. (With Margaret Allan) [ISBN 1 901523 07 1].

1995b. Larkin’s other Voice. In Payne, J.A. and Wheatley, J. (Eds) Linguistic Approaches to Literature: A Collection of Papers in Literary Stylistics [pp. 117-128]. Birmingham: The University of Birmingham, English Language Research. ISBN 0 7044 1581.

1994. Discourse Intonation and Recordings of Poetry. Philip Larkin reads ‘Mr Bleaney’. Unpublished Doctoral Dissertation. Birmingham: The University of Birmingham.

1993a. Evaluating Descriptions of Intonation II: A comparison of Discourse Intonation and Crystal’s description. [Unpublished departmental paper]. EISU/School of English, University of Birmingham. Available here.

1993b. Evaluating Descriptions of Intonation I: A comparison of Discourse Intonation and Systemic Intonation. [Unpublished departmental paper]. EISU/School of English, University of Birmingham.

1992a. Of Streams and Bricks: new ways of presenting the spoken language to learners. Speak Out, Newsletter of the IATEFL Pronunciation Special Interest Group, 10, 29-34. (ISSN 1026-4345).

1992b. Meeting the National Demand [for foreign language needs in the UK]; The issue of Flexibility of Choice. In H. Mori. The World’s education: Education in Japan pp 35-52. Kyoto, Yamaguchi Shotan.

1992c. Meeting the National Demand [for foreign language needs in France]; The issue of Equality of Choice. In H. Mori. The World’s Education: Education in Japan pp 45-52. Kyoto, Yamaguchi Shotan.

1991. From Text to Context. Lawrence Schourup & Richard T. Cauldwell. Tokyo: Kuroshio Shuppan, ISBN 4-87424-052-6.

1989. Methodology and Learner Education. In Learner Training: DTE development, Package 2, File 3, Case Studies. London: The British Council.

1988a. Paraphrase, Contemporary Poetry, and Literary Syllabuses in Japan. JALT Journal, 10, 101-105.

1988b. Discourse Intonation and Recordings of Poetry: a Study of Yeats’s Readings. Language and Style, 21, 4: 411-426. [With Lawrence Schourup]

1984a. The Importance of Fluency Activities. Journal of the Nagano-ken English Studies Circle. Volume 11, 17-21.

1984b. Performance Objectives in the Hong Kong DTEO. In Terry Toney (Ed.) Dunford House Seminar Report 1984: Curriculum and Syllabus Design in ELT. London: The British Council.

1984c. ESP; A Role for Constraints. MA Dissertation, Institute of Education.